Bugs & Pests

Jan 28 2012 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 8 comments

A partly reclaimed view

After: Trees tidied and removed

In my list of Things to Do in the Garden in 2012 I mentioned that I want to prune some trees in order to reclaim a portion of mountain view. In the heat of summer we have managed to get that done and I am happy with the result. This is a small corner view as seen from one corner of the entertainment area of our back terrace. It’s a place I [...]

Jan 26 2012 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 13 comments

Something new for Someone new

Cape Robin-Chat

It seems that whenever I add something new, someone new turns up to inspect my garden … A week or so ago when I spotted the little Rooibeksysie (Common Wax-bill) eating the apples in the bird feeder, I asked what I should be doing to attract different and new birds to my garden. One suggestion I got from Clare at Curbstone Valley Farm was to add different fruit and she suggested citrus. [...]

Jan 24 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Heat of the Summer

Heat of Summer 08

The heat of the summer days does take its toll on the garden. It is usually 2-3 degrees higher here than in the city of Cape Town. So if my friend, Christine, says its 30 degrees in her garden, than its usually 33 degrees here. A few of my plants are now dropping leaves and flowers – notably the fuchsia, but my neighbour was very surprised to see it still blooming, so [...]

Jan 23 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 16 comments

Prehistoric bug

unusual beetle

Well, if the Ghost Mantis was not unusual enough for you – check out this prehistoric looking bug!! I found it on the fig tree – two of them!!! One must be a female (the bigger one). I am busy looking on the internet ….. does anyone have a clue??   This is the female before she let go of the branch and tumbled to the ground. I would imagine this is [...]

Jan 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 24 comments

Ghost Mantis in my garden

Empusa Fasciata

Today was a BIG clean up day in the garden because the heat of summer ebbed a bit! I was pulling out old, woody herbs in the Patio Patch, and was startled to see this AMAZING thing!!! What was it?? Ran to get my camera and macro lens and found out it was an exotic Praying Mantis. Oh my WORD!! I have never seen anything like it before! Take a look! I [...]

Jan 22 2012 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 10 comments

Gecko and his dinner

Gecko

I’ve been trying to get a few reasonable photographs of my Geckos to show on the blog. I have always had geckos, and this year there seem to be a lot more than usual around. My geckos only come out at night  – they are around during the day but tend to hide under rocks, behind walls and in pots and whatever else they can find to escape from the heat of [...]

Jan 06 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 41 comments

Praying Mantis babies have hatched

Mantis 08

Can you remember the post I did on the Praying Mantis laying her egg sac? Well, I nearly stepped on the new-born mantis babies today!! I have taken these close up shots of the egg sac (see how the marauder insects are tackling it!) and the baby manti-do’s! So cute! I could not tell how many have hatched but there were quite a few scurrying around! They are literally the size of [...]

Dec 12 2011 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 11 comments

The latest Bug Parade

His buddy perched opposite

I thought I had plenty of bugs and slugs and creepy crawlies to show off with when I did this post and then, (were they feeling left out?) a whole new army of bugs moved in … I took myself off to the book store and came back armed with what I thought was a book about local bugs – alas, it was a British book (yes I know, I’m blonde and [...]

Dec 06 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 23 comments

Mantis mommy laying eggs

MANTIS LOUNGE 04

It was by pure chance I saw this praying mantis mommy laying her eggs in our front doorway! I was on my way out to water the garden and I glanced down. Gee! I nearly stepped on her. She looked up at me and must have called out – “Watch out!” Had I not been mindful, I would have not gone down on my knees to take a closer look. What a [...]

Dec 02 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

Bugs and things

Bug Day December18

We have suffered through consistent wind for days now – this is the norm for this time of year in Cape Town – and I grow weary of it! I have no joy playing in the garden when the southeaster howls through the town. The wind has a nasty habit of bringing with it flies! I don’t know why! It seems to be a common thing here in Philly! It doesn’t make [...]